When he left St. Finbarrs College Lagos in 1980 for his A level at Kings college Lagos and then to the Bauchi Campus of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria for his bachelor of Engineering, (B.Eng) which set the tone for his academic ladder, he had his sight at the pinnacle of the engineering profession.
At 58, life will not just acquire the expected steam; it might clinically be said to be ebullient, especially when the correct signature is held on to. No one knows better, if not the high-spirited educationist and structural engineer extraordinaire, a merited Fellow of Nigeria Society of Engineers, Engr Dr Chief Goodman Goodnews Agbi (FNSE),The Okpolokpo 1 of Iyede Kingdom. A man whose footprints cannot be perpetually erased from the many projects designed in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
A university Don who has rendered himself as an academic souvenir to knowledge seekers. An endearment that has earned him the the prestigious “Best Students Friendly Lecturer’s Award” at the Delta State University Oleh campus as well as the Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, (where he is a Part Time Lecturer) respectively. You are simple and unassuming to a fault, skeptical about the value of your profession; a Don who never treated his students like pawns on a chessboard or workers in a factory, rather like friends.
An iconic symbol of justice; a resilient and dogged fighter of injustice who never turned back on his words. A man who possesses an indelible ink of integrity that cannot be erased in a society wallowing in a cesspool of corruption. A mind with a progressive tendency who has always pursues the truth with vigourous approach than surrendered to be slaughtered and compromised on the altar of corruption.
You are a rare gem with listening ears to his subordinates, a leader of brave substance and an inspirational symbol whose zeal, ingeniousness and confidence are not only motivating, but have also created strong loyalty around you. To say the fact, your perfectionist habits and meticulous critiques have always driven us crazy!
Dr Goodnews Agbi is such a generous, caring and easy to approach Leader. You are one among the few Nigerians people admire most. I wish to chase the dream of being where you are, one day. You are a raised “staff” people look up to. I believe I owe you something. So, today, I am going to do my best to try and balance the books…
I therefore lend my voice to the rest of your dear family members, friends and fans, colleagues, and the APC family to humbly wish you the very best BIRTHDAY a person can get!
Media Aide to DR GOODMAN GOODNEWS AGBI